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in the euro after it jumped to a four-month high against the u.s. dollar on thursday. now coming away from that a little bit, but obviously underlying that, underpinning the euro was the central bank president. slightly caught investors offguard when he said interest rates may rise as soon as next month. people had been betting in terms of june or may. the yen at 82.44 to the dollar. >>> investors across asia seem to be focusing pretty much what's going on in the u.s. we've got that better than expected jobs number out. it was a weekly jobs number which is providing a pretty strong indicator, at least that's how it's being seen for the u.s. economy. that rally overnight. and that helped the markets pretty much across the board here in asia. all four of the key markets up by more than 1.4%. there was a weaker yen against the u.s. dollar in japan, that helped the exporters. all in all, hong kong up 1.25%, shanghai 1.3%, and australia with a 1.2% gain. >>> well, if you thought that was impressive, let's have a look at the u.s. markets. and essentially what we're looking at is the best session
to rain down. aircraft like this u.s. marine corps harrier jet have flown more than 212 missions so far against the libyan forces. ships in the mediterranean has launched more than 160 tomahawk cruise missiles. in the daylight the damage is becoming clear. this is what is left of several large rocket launchers, trucks and also other military hardware in tripoli's port area. far to the east, a u.s. fighter plane crashed due to mechanical problems. that happened near the opposition strong hold of bengahzi. the two-man crew parachuted from the doomed aircraft. u.s. marines managed to extract crewmen, one was picked up by rebels and taken to a luxury hotel suite. he's back in american hands. two days after the coalition missile slammed into his tripoli compound, a defined moammar gadhafi has been addressing supporters. he urged muslims worldwide to join the battle against what he calls blatant aggression. >> translator: we will be victorious in this fight. we will not give up. they will not penalize us. we are making fun of their rockets. the libyans are laughing at these rockets. we will d
between the u.s. and japan on this over exactly how much danger really exists. charles? >> okay. stan grant joining us from tokyo. many thanks to you updating us on the situation there, the operation to bring the things under control at the fukushima daiichi plant. thanks again. poly? >> charles, the financial fallout continues to follow the nuclear reactor problems. today the japanese yen hit the strongest level against the dollar. that was one dollar to 76.54 yen which surpassed the previous high of 79.75 in '95. it since pulled back and is right now trading at around 79.11 to one u.s. dollar. now a super strong yen is a very big issue. exporters want a weaker yen. you see it there still at 79. it has still surpassed that 80-en ma80 0 yen mark. japanese companies sell most of their products overseas. when they bring the overseas earnings back home and convert them into yen, a weaker yen means they make more in profits. now i want to show you what's been happening this entire week since monday, march 14th. now the lower the line, the stronger the yen is to the dollar. and it's been g
and the point ready gaining against the u.s. dollar.the dolldollar. the dollar falling against the japanese yen. >> the waenger yen helped give japanese stocks a boost. the nikkei in tokyo is up. most of the major markets have finished the session higher. in shanghai, the market rose after new manufacturing data showed there may not be a need for any immediate tightening measures. two straight surveys showed china's manufacturing growth slowed in february but still remained at a healthy level. beijing's official purchasing managers index slipped slightly to 52.2 last month. that's down from 52.9 in january. >>> and hsbc's february pmi reading fell to a seven-month low of 51.7, down from 54.5 in january. any figure above 50 signals growth. >>> well, shares of hspc fell more than 5% in hong kong trade as asia got its first chance to react to the company's full-year earnings. the company's results were released after the close on monday. its profit more than doubled from the previous year to $13.2 billion. but, here's the key, it's still missed expectations. it's pre-tax profit came in at $19 bill
that radiation contaminated tap water. >>> a u.s. soldier has pleaded guilty that he and other soldier s killed for sport last year, photographs were apparently showing him and others posing over the bodies of dead afghans. those are the headlines. "world business today" starts right now. >>> hello again. good morning from cnn london. i'm charles hodson. >> and good afternoon from cnn hong kong, i'm pauline chiou. this is "world business today." the top stories on thursday, march 24th. portugal's prime minister quits as parliament votes down plans to tighten austerity measures. now an eu bailout looms. >> japan's devastating earthquake continues to disrupt the global supply chain. we look at why it can be harder to get ahold of a toyota car or an ipad 2. >>> and as the battle for libya continues, europe and the united states tighten their grip on assets owned by moammar gadhafi. >>> well, as many european countries continue to battle their way out of debt, portugal may be next in line for a big bailout. portugal's parliament just rejected a new proposal for more austerity measuring adding to th
the dax. now, after two days of heavy losses as the nuclear crisis continues to unfold in japan, u.s. stocks also ended the day higher on thursday. investor sentiment was lifted by an upbeat look. here's how the numbers settled. take a look at that, dow jones industrial average adding 1.4%, broader gains and also the nasdaq closing up .75% higher. >>> u.s. markets look set for a higher open when trading begins later today. this is where u.s. futures stand at the moment. we could see the dow jones industrial average opening up by .8% higher, nasdaq composite potentially putting on a gain of 1%. at the moment, futures indicate we could see the broader s&p rising about .8%. those markets poised to start the day higher, pauline, but nothing could happen between now and the opening bell. >> yes, but hopefully this is starting a trend. >>> well, just ahead, the u.n. steps up the pressure on moammar gadhafi. but how much will the security council's resolution help the rebels in the eastern part of the country? we'll check out the situation there in just a moment. [ sneezing ] ♪ [ male ann
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